February 3, 2007
I am writing this letter to tell you that I am the mother
of one of Tommy Shelton's victims.
First of all, I want to commend the boys, now young men, that
have come forward. I know that it was not easy, and for the ones
that haven't yet spoken out publicly, God bless each one of you!
Whichever group you belong to, you have nothing to be ashamed
of. What was done to you lies on the shoulders of Tommy Shelton!
I, like many others in the beginning of this mess, believed
Tommy Shelton. He had a way of manipulating people, both young
and old, and still to this day, seems to have that power over
When one of the boys came forward, I remember asking my son
if it had happened to him. At that time he told me "no," but
he said, "Mom, ***** is not lying about it!" As time went on,
my son finally came to me and told me that it had happened to
him, and with some details of what was done. As a mother, I was
angry and, even more, I was sick to my stomach! To think that
someone you trusted could do something like this!
I then started to look back and recall things that had happened.
I remember when things began to heat up for Tommy Shelton, he
came by our home and asked my son to come outside and talk. Later,
I learned that he had told my son that if he told anyone, Carol
Shelton would kill herself. Not only did he use his wife, but
also his daughter as a pawn. This was not his only threat against
my son. I won't write what the other threats were that were made
at this time, but they would make you sick!
As for Carol Shelton, all along she has covered up for Tommy.
One time at church, she asked me to go down to the teenage girls'
classroom. There she asked me if Tommy had done anything to my
son. I, not wanting to hurt her and her children, told her "no."
At a later date she asked my son to meet her at McDonalds restaurant
in West Frankfort. She asked him the same question. He, not wanting
to hurt her, answered her in the same way.
It's funny how she never worried about all the boys in their
hurts and fears! I wonder when Carol Shelton stands before the
Lord, [page 2] what will her answer be then!
As far as Danny Shelton is concerned, he has always covered
this up. He did not want this all to come forward as it would
be an embarrassment to him and his ministry. He had a growing
ministry in 3ABN and did not want to jeopardize it, no matter
what the cost. He should have known that what Tommy was doing
would affect him and his ministry. I would like to know what
he will say when he stands before the Lord!
Now, let us get back to Tommy Shelton. I am sure you have
heard, if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks
like a duck, it's a duck! At one time, I was told that Tommy
Shelton was a homosexual. Let's get real, he is not a homosexual!
I believe that a homosexual would not think of molesting a child!
How many times on the news media, do you see where a child has
been molested by a homosexual? So back to my "duck story," let's
call Tommy Shelton what he is, a child molester, sex offender,
He always said he had a vision for a Christian school. That's
why he encouraged the folks at Ezra Church of God to start one.
Looking back, I wonder if he was not planning this so he would
have access to a lot of young boys!
I am the mother who went to Pastor Dryden when I learned Tommy
Shelton was going to Dunn Loring. Pastor Dryden listened to what
I had to say, but at that time he had no idea that my son was
one of Tommy's victims. In fact, up to that time, he believed
the story Tommy Shelton had given. This shows the deception that
Tommy Shelton held over lay persons and other pastors! I explained
to him my concerns for the young men at Dunn Loring. I did not
want the same abuse my son experienced to happen to them. Pastor
Dryden did what any pastor should do, and that is to advise the
church at Dunn Loring about the allegations. The church had this
information, and yet they fell victim to Tommy Shelton's deception.
I feel that the folks at Ezra Church of God and Pastor Dryden
did all they could at that time in warning them about this matter.
They chose to believe Tommy Shelton and allowed him to destroy
some more young men there!
I have lived with this for 23 years, and, it has eaten away
at me daily for all these years! I hurt for all those other young
men, but no one knows the hurt I have for my own! This should
not happen to any child! We that have never had this happen to
us cannot comprehend the pain and anguish that those young men
have [page 3] suffered.
I want to know where the justice is! I know that God can forgive,
but Tommy needs to pay for what he has done. He needs to be put
where he cannot harm another child! I don't want to see him have
another fake breakdown or health problem. Justice needs to come
forth. He has devastated two churches and hurt countless young
men and their families. These are the few we know about. There
may be, and probably are, others. He may fool some people, but
he cannot fool God!
To broken-hearted mom number one and all the other mothers
who know that their sons were molested, I understand your anguish
P.S. If Tommy Shelton would like to have his attorney send
me a threat of legal action, all I can say is go for it! I would
like nothing better than to be in the same courtroom with him!
The truth then would be free!